School of Chemistry and Biochemistry to Host Charles L. Liotta Symposium

This year marks Regents Professor Emeritus Charles Liotta’s 50th at Georgia Tech, and the celebration is on.

M.G. Finn Named Interim Chair of the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Finn brings a passion for education, teaching as well as research in immunology, organic synthesis and material science to the role.

Obama Intends to Name El-Sayed to President's Committee on the National Medal of Science

Chemistry Professor Mostafa El-Sayed received the National Medal of Science from President George W. Bush in 2007.

Grad Students and the Quest for the Origins of Life

Want to learn how life began? You can do that. Chemistry and Biochemistry graduate student Eric Parker tells how.

Seminars & Events

Physical Division Seminar - Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 4:00pm - MoSE 3201A
Physical Division Seminar - Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - 4:00pm - MoSE 3201A
Physical Division Seminar - Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - 4:00pm - MoSE 3201A
Meeting - Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 11:00am - MoSE 2100F

Featured Research

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Research Authors
Suenne Kim, Si Zhou, Yike Hu, Muge Acik, Yves J. Chabal, Claire Berger, Walt de Heer, Angelo Bongiorno & Elisa Riedo., .
Nature Materials (2012), Vol. 11, 544-549
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National Science Foundation

Graphene oxide potentially has multiple applications. The chemistry of graphene oxide and its response to external stimuli such as temperature and light are not well understood and only approximately controlled. This understanding is crucial to enable future applications of this material. Here, a combined experimental and density functional theory study shows that multilayer graphene oxide produced by oxidizing epitaxial graphene through the Hummers method is a metastable material whose structure and chemistry evolve at room temperature with a characteristic relaxation time of about one month. At the quasi-equilibrium, graphene oxide reaches a nearly stable reduced O/C ratio, and exhibits a structure deprived of epoxide groups and enriched in hydroxyl groups. Our calculations show that the structural and chemical changes are driven by the availability of hydrogen in the oxidized graphitic sheets, which favours the reduction of epoxide groups and the formation of water molecules.

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